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THE CHIEF MARSHAL 

THE CLASS MARSHALS 

CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE 

CANDIDATES FOR THE MASTERS DEGREE 

INSTRUCTORS OF THE COLLEGE 

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS OF THE COLLEGE 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS OF THE COLLEGE 

PROFESSORS OF THE COLLEGE 

PROFESSORS EMERITI 

THE GRADUATE FACULTY 

THE PRESIDENTIAL PARTY 



THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ACADEMIC MACE 
AND THE OFFICIAL MEDALLION 

Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savan- 
nah State College Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative 
of the power, dignity, and magisterium vested in the College. The mace is a club- 
shaped staff which originated in the Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained 
a ceremonial character and is presently employed most often by legislative forums 
and academic enterprises. 

The official mace of Savannah State College was designed and made from ma- 
hogany wood by Mr. Ernest S. Brown, Instructor of Industrial Arts. Dr. Lester 
B. Johnson, Head of the Department of Engineering Technology, designed and built 
the Mace Stand. 

It is significant to note that the mace bears the official seal of the College and 
the motto of President Prince A. Jackson, Jr., "Lux Et Veritas" ("Light and Truth"), 
which is his conception of what Savannah State College should be, must be, and is 
to all individuals associated with her. Dr. Jackson also wears a silver medallion 
which bears the official seal of the College and symbolizes the Office of the President. 










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The Outstanding Leadership A ward 

Savannah State College, on June 1, 1977 established The Out- 
standing Leadership Award to recognize and pay homage to citizens 
of Chatham County who have exhibited outstanding qualities of 
leadership in making prodigious and courageous efforts designed to 
accelerate and enhance improvement of all citizens of Chatham and 
the betterment of Homo Sapiens in general. The Outstanding Leader- 
ship Award is the first honor if its kind to be given by Savannah State 
College to outstanding individuals who place the public good above 
personal concerns and it will not be given indiscriminately. 

The College will recognize recipients of the Outstanding Leader- 
ship Award at Commencement Convocations. 



The Outstanding Leadership A ward 

AUGUST 14, 1977 

Citation by Prince Albert Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. 
President, Savannah State College 

The first recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award is the REVEREND LOUIS 
SCOTT STELL, JR., member of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners and Pastor of 
Bethlehem Baptist Church in Savannah. 

Reverend Stell is a native of Fayetteville, Georgia, the son of the late Louis Scott and Mrs. 
Ida Harps Stell. He acquired his higher education and seminary training at Morris Brown 
College, Carver Bible College, Interdenominational Theological Center (Extension), and 
American Baptist Theological Seminary (Extension). 

His election in 1968 made him the first Black to serve on the Chatham County Board of 
Commissioners. He has been returned to this post by the constituents of his district in every 
election since that time. He was further distinguished and honored by his fellow commissioners 
by their electing him the first Black Vice Chairman of the Chatham County Board of Com- 
missioners in August, 1975, a post he held until January, 1977. He is now Chairman of the 
Board of Commissioners' Health and Welfare and Department of Parks and Recreation Com- 
mittees. 

Reverend Stell is also Chairman of the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning 
Commission, Chairman of the Coastal Area Planning and Development Commission (eight 
counties), and Treasurer of Southeast Georgia Health System, Inc. (twenty-four counties). A 
few of his other board memberships include: Westside Comprehensive Health Center, Chatham 
County Nursing Home Authority, and the Chatham County Board of Health. 

Reverend Stell has served as the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church since 1952. He is very 
active in religious activities on the local and state levels. Some of his activities include: the 
presidency of New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, clerk of Berean Missionary 
Baptist Association, President of the West Broad Street YMCA Board of Directors, and 
Trustees of the Georgia Council on Morals and Civic Concerns. He is listed in the 1975-76 
Edition (the first) of WHO'S WHO IN RELIGION. 

He has been the recipient of many awards and citations for his outstanding work with 
schools, civic, and community groups. Among these are: co-recipient of the Outstanding 
Citizens Award for 1973 by Prince Hall Masons of Savannah, the 1975 Human Relations 
Award by the National Council of Christians and Jews (Savannah Chapter), and the 1977 
Religious Achievement Award by Morris Brown College Alumni Association. 

He was the original plaintiff in the now famous STELL vs. BOARD OF EDUCATION 
case which he initiated in 1964 and which subsequently led to the desegregation of the Public 
Schools of Chatham County. He has always been a staunch member and leader in the NAACP 
and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Savannah Branch for many years. In 
1964, he was Chairman of its Education Committee. 

Reverend Stell is married to the former Miss Jessie Lee Jones and the father of three sons, 
Reverend Louis Scott, III, Larry James, and Ralph Lamar. 

In naming Commissioner Stell the first recipient of this coveted award, Savannah State 
College declares that he has proved the veracity of Patria est ubicumque vir fortis sedem sibi 
elegerit. The College attests further that he has demonstrated by his actions the principle of 
Publicum bonum privato est praeferendum. In Reverend Stell, the College finds that he exhibits 
Splendor sine occasu. He is verily Magnus Homo. 

THE CITATION 

Persistent devotion, prodigious and courageous efforts, and uncommon imaginative per- 
ception aimed at enhancing continuous improvement in religion and in Chatham County and 
the betterment of Homo Sapiens in general. 



ORDER OF EXERCISES 

♦ACADEMIC PROCESSION: "War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn 

James Thompson, Jr., M.M.Ed., Organist 

INVOCATION Reverend Samuel Williams, M. Div. 

College Minister 

SELECTION: "150th Psalm" Cesar Franch 

Savannah State College Summer School Choir 

Butler Presbyterian Church Choir, Guest Choir 

James Thompson, Jr., Conductor 

Jerome Glover, Student Assistant 

INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEAKER Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., President 

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS Walter Leonard, J.D. 

President, Fisk University 

SELECTION: "Ride de Chariot" arr. by William Smith 

Savannah State College Summer School Choir 
Butler Presbyterian Church Choir, Guest Choir 

PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES: 

Division of Business Administration Mary C. Torian, Ed.D. 

Division of Education Thelma M. Harmond, Ph.D. 

Division of Humanities Luetta C. Milledge, Ph.D. 

Division of Natural Sciences Margaret C. Robinson, Ph.D. 

Division of Social Sciences Isaiah Mclver, Ph.D. 

Division of Technical Sciences Lester B. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. 

CONFERRING OF BACCALAUREATE DEGREES Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. 

Assisted by the Dean of the College, Thomas A. Byers, Ph.D. 

ALUMNI INDUCTION Earl Brown, J.D. 

President, Savannah State College National Alumni Association 

Columbia, South Carolina 

PRESENTATION OF N.R.O.T.C. CANDIDATES 

FOR COMMISSION Commander Alvin Catalano 

Commanding Officer, Savannah State College N.R.O.T.C. 

ADMINISTERING THE OATH OF OFFICE Commander Alvin Catalano 

PRAYER FOR THE NEW OFFICERS: "Veni Sancte Spiritus" Reverend Samuel Williams, M. Div. 

College Minister 

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD Prince A. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN 

BENEDICTION Reverend L. Scott Stell, Pastor 

Bethlehem Baptist Church 

SEVEN-FOLD AMEN 

**RECESSIONAL: "Pomp and Circumstance" Sir Edward Elgar 

James Thompson, Jr., M.M.Ed., Organist 

*The audience is requested to remain seated. 
"The audience is requested to remain seated until the procession has exited. 



^nttnlnnxtnit Regress (flmxtetxtii 

DIVISION OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 

Accounting 

Clarke, Deborah A Savannah 

Flowers, Jannie Mae Brunswick 

Hendrix, Frank Walter Savannah 

Hudson, Harold Summerville 

Scott, Shirley Savannah 

Tyson, Willie Fred Savannah 

Walker, Howard Jesup 

Washington, Deborah Jean Augusta 

General Business A dministration 

Allen, G.N Savannah 

Baker, Catherine Marrissette Midway 

Baker, Lovell Brenda Meridan 

Baker, Maeetta Woodbine 

Bolden, Patricia Washington Savannah 

Brown, Delores Parrish Savannah 

Dean, Albert Hansom Savannah 

Dodd, Yvonne Marietta 

Evans, James Demopolis, Alabama 

Greene, Allen Hilton Head, South Carolina 

Miller, Earl Arlington Nassau, Bahamas 

Miller, Gerron Don Savannah 

Natson, Ronald Marcel Savannah 

Oliver, Renee Marie Macon 

Phoenix, Pondora Lurene Savannah 

Rainey, John Douglas Decatur 

Office Administration 

Goethie, Mary Alice Baxley 

Hall, Linda Fay Savannah 

Walker, Nancy Jean Thomasville 

Marketing Management 

Jackson, Cyrus Jerome Savannah 

DIVISION OF EDUCATION 

Elementary Education 

Bacon, Glenda Niocia Manassas 

Grant, Yvonne Idella Jones Savannah 

Newton, Patricia Savannah 

O'Neill, Dell M. Fountain Savannah 

SECONDARY EDUCATION 

Art Education 

Collier, Jessica Savannah 

Cooper, Marilyn E Savannah 



Art Education 

Hordges, Samuel Savannah 

*Webb, Arthur M Norristown, Pa. 

Business Education 
Holmes, Ola Nevels Savannah 

English Education 
Mills, Brenda Joyce Savannah 

Physical Education 

Mines, Edward Jerome Savannah 

Industrial A rts Education 

Frazier, Silas Norman, Jr Savannah 

Jones, Mark Van Savannah 

Kozal, Harry Sylvester John Ellabell 

Music Education 

Gilbert, William B Savannah 

DIVISION OF NATURAL SCIENCES 

Biology 

Dennard, Samuel Thomas Macon 

Chemistry 

Asseffa, Tsegaye Addis Abada, Ethiopia 

Gary, James Edward . Elberton 

Keeton, Cynthia Ozepher Tampa, Fla. 

Mikell, Valeria Savannah 

Mathematics 

Ward, Carlnell Savannah 

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES 

Criminal Justice 

Carter, Dianne Fort Valley 

Collins, David Fitzgerald 

Criminal Justice 

Freeman, James Edward Lincolnton 

Garner, JoAnn Savannah 

*Gates, Bennie Mae Hamden, Conn. 

*Gates, Diane Hamden, Conn. 

Henderson, Arlee Los Angeles, Ca. 



Holmes, McArthur Savannah 

Hutchinson, Alexine Lenise Savannah 

Mahone, Keith Louie Columbus 

*Manigo, John Edward Savannah 

Morgan, Janice Savannah 

Small, Nathaniel Savannah 

Young, Sarah Anita Savannah 

Zeigler, Jeroline Savannah 

History 

Lockley, Gwendolyn Charlene Jesup 

White, James, Jr Woodbine 

Political Science 

Craig, Nora Maria Baconton 

Lavender, Rhonda Avis Savannah 

Smith, James Henry Claxton 

Sociology 

Berksteiner, Samuel Savannah 

Calhoun, Sherrye Elaine Elberton 

Camp, Keith Clarkston 

Cogdell, Angela Leslie Jesup 

German, Louvenia Williams Savannah 

Griffin, Jan Maria Savannah 

Holmes, Debra Theresa Savannah 

Hutchinson, Valerie Elaine Savannah 

Mikell, Minnie Lee Savannah 

Parrish, Jimmy L., Jr Bainbridge 

Spaulding, Barbara Ann Benjamin Savannah 

West, Mozella Louise Savannah 

Wilhite, Beverly Jean Savannah 

Social Work 

Milligan, Betty Louise Savannah 

Williams, Ann Juliette Driessen Savannah 

DIVISION OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES 

Electronic Engineering Technology 

Miller, Ivan Mario Savannah 

Thomas, Michael Orr Savannah 

Ravita, James I Savannah 

Watson, Nathaniel Edward, II Savannah 

DIVISION OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES 

Textiles and Clothing 

Martin, Annie Copeland D Savannah 

Pelote, Deborah Ann Savannah 

•In absentia. 
"Candidate for commissioning as Ensign, United States Navy. 



SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE 
HONOR GRADUATES 

August 14, 1977 



MAGNA CUM LAUDE (3.400 to 3.749) 
Dell Mae O'Neill Fountain 

CUM LAUDE (3.000 to 3.399) 

Lowell Brenda Baker 

Keith Camp 

William Gilbert 

Arlee Henderson 

Samuel Hordges 

James Henry Smith 

James I. Ravita 



MEMBERS OF ALPHA KAPPA MU 
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY 

Keith Camp 
Harry Sylvester Kozal 



MEMBERS OF ALPHA PHI GAMMA 
NATIONAL HONORARY JOURNALISM FRATERNITY 

JoAnn Garner 
Beverly J. Wilhite 



MEMBERS OF ZETA ALPHA OMICRON CHAPTER 

OF 
LAMDA ALPHA EPSILON HONOR SOCIETY 

JoAnn Garner 

McArthur Holmes 

Sarah A. Young 



SAVANNAH STATE COLLEGE HYMN 



Let us give thanks and praise to Thee, 
To our A Ima Mater, S. S. C. 
Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 
We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 
Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; 
Help us know that life, short or long, 
Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 

REFRAIN 

Where Savannah meets the sea, 

Where grassy plains and palms abound, 

Where the flow 'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There S.S.C. is found. 

We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to Thee! 

In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee. 

We hail Thee, S.S.C. 



-J. Randolph Fisher 
Hillary Hatchett 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



1977 Fall Quarter Freshmen, September 12 

Upperclassmen, September 20 



ACADEMIC COSTUMES 

Modern academic dress has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody 
wore robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable 
system of academic apparel a half century ago it seemed best to agree on some definite system 
which all might follow. Accordingly, this attire lias consisted of the cap. the gown, and the hood, 
the latter two now differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress has the same design fur all degrees; black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by 
presidents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct fur 
all degrees. 

The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciabl) in design according to the degree conferred 
on the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn 
closed. The gown for the master's degree, worn open or closed has an oblong sleeve, open at the 
wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part 
of its oblong shape is scpaare cut and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn 
open or closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three liars of velvet are midway the sleeves. 
The trimmings of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is, however, the most distinctive feature of the aca- 
demic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down 
the back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the 
college or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and 
shape of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and 
three and a half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made 
with a wide panel. Hoods may be worn for onlv those degrees aetuallv held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their 
degrees may be. are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may 
be only those of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them 
by the institution. 

In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer 
to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. 

For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and 
tassels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American 
Intercollegiate Code is as follows: 

Agriculture Maise 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White 

Business Drab 

Economics Copper 

Education Light Blue 

Law Purple 

Library Science Lemon 

Music Pink 

Oratory — (Speech) Silver Gray 

Philosophy Dark Blue 

Physical Education Sage Green 

Science Golden Yellow 

Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State College, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue back- 
ground to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater.